• Stephen Curry stares down the crowd after drilling a corner 3. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)Stephen Curry stares down the crowd after drilling a corner 3. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)They'd have preferred winning, of course, but after losing the first two games of the Western Conference finals on the road by a combined five points, the Houston Rockets headed back home feeling like they could hang with the big, bad Golden State Warriors.

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    "We had plenty of opportunities to win both of the games," said Rockets star James Harden after a brilliant Game 2 — 38 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and a block — that ended on a sour note with a final-play turnover that sealed a 99-98 Golden State win. "So we have all the confidence in the world."

    It's difficult to imagine that still being the case after Game 3.

    The Warriors absolutely decimated Houston on Saturday night, hammering the Rockets 115-80 to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western finals. This marks the first three-game losing streak of the Rockets' season ... which makes sense, because this is the first time they've had to

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  • Donald Cerrone lands a kick to John Makdessi that ended their fight. (AP)Donald Cerrone lands a kick to John Makdessi that ended their fight. (AP)LAS VEGAS – Donald Cerrone assured anyone and everyone who would listen that he wasn’t taking his UFC 187 late-replacement bout against John Makdessi lightly.

    If Makdessi’s broken jaw is any indication of Cerrone’s desire, then “not taking it lightly” may just be the understatement of the year.

    Cerrone dissected Makdessi with kicks to the legs and body for the entirety of their bout. When it was time for the “Cowboy” to send his fans home happy, at 4:44 of Round 2 to be exact, he went high with a leg kick to Makdessi’s jaw, breaking it. His opponent quickly retreated, waving off the action as Cerrone closed in for the finish.

    “I think I might finally get this title shot by default, huh?” Cerrone said post-fight after his eighth consecutive victory inside the Octagon. “I’m upset with my performance, but I always am. I don’t know what’s next. My manager probably won’t let me take another fight before I get a title shot so I guess we’ll just wait and see.”

    The win marked Cerrone’s sixth

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  • Andrei Arlovski (R) and Travis Browne trade blows at UFC 187. (AP)Andrei Arlovski (R) and Travis Browne trade blows at UFC 187. (AP)

    LAS VEGAS – For being former roommates, Andrei Arlovski and Travis Browne fought like bitter enemies on Saturday night at UFC 187. The fight didn’t even make it out of the first round as former heavyweight champion Arlovski scored a first-round TKO over Browne and took one step closer to a career resurgence that just a few years prior seemed unthinkable.

    Arlovski has now rattled off three consecutive victories since his return to the UFC, toppling foes Brendan Schaub, Antonio “Bigfoot” Sivla, and now his former teammate at Jackson-Winklejohn in Browne.

    In what many will remember as one of the most action-packed rounds in heavyweight history, both fighters exchanged powerful flurries from the pocket. Arlovski kicked off the action, pressuring Browne against the cage and landing accurate power combos as Browne found himself on wobbly legs.

    Midway through the opening round Browne mustered a thudding shot of his own that floored Arlovski, but the 36 year old found his composure and rose

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  • Stephen Curry added another record to his illustrious Most Valuable Player-winning season with this 3-point make with 4:32 remaining in the second quarter of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets:

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    That triple was Curry's 59th of this postseason, a new NBA record for most 3-point makes in a single playoff run. Hall of Fame sharpshooter Reggie Miller had the previous mark, with 58 during the Indiana Pacers' march to the NBA Finals in 2000.

    Miller needed 22 games and 147 attempts to set his record. Curry needed 13 games and 138 attempts.

    It was Curry's second 3-pointer of Game 3, and it was an absolute bomb — Rockets defender Jason Terry gave too much ground as Curry stepped toward a screen, so Steph just pulled up from 29 feet away and splashed the jumper. It's just ... I mean, what do you do about that?

    Earlier this season, Curry broke the NBA record for

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  • Previously, on "The Hawks and The Cavaliers" ...

    Sing it, Terrance:

    OK, fine. There was other stuff.

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    The Cleveland Cavaliers' defense continued to short-circuit the Atlanta Hawks' offense. The Cavs mostly kept the Hawks' starters whisper-quiet, holding Mike Budenholzer's club to 41.8 percent shooting from the floor, a 6-for-26 mark from 3-point range, and a rate of offensive efficiency (92.4 points per 100 possessions) comfortably below the woeful Philadelphia 76ers' dead-last regular-season mark.

    Tristan Thompson repeatedly beat Atlanta's lackadaisical boxouts, grabbing 16 boards, five of which came on the offensive glass. The soon-to-be restricted free agent vacuumed up more than 21 percent of available misses while he was on the court, which would've been the NBA's fourth-best rebounding rate this season.

    Cleveland's supplementary wings, who figured to be especially important with All-Star point guard Kyrie

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  • There's a new design feature on the Top of the Rock Golf Course, which hosts the Champions Tour's Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf in Branson, Missou.: four big sinkholes.

    The biggest sinkhole, which is reportedly still growing and is 60 feet by 80 feet and 35 feet deep, formed around 6:30 a.m. on Friday between the practice tee and a pond near the entrance to the property.

    Sinkholes are not particularly uncommon in the Ozarks, where Top of the Rock is located, according to the Springfield News-Leader. The Big Cedar Lodge, which owns the course, is working with engineers to figure out how, if at all, they'll fill the hole. It could take up to two weeks to replace the sunk-in earth. The good news for the facility is that the sinkhole won't impact tee times, but it does create a new hazard.

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  • Miguel Angel Jimenez set a new European Tour record on Saturday, making his 10th career hole-in-one to break a tie with Colin Montgomerie.

    The Spaniard made the ace in the third round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in England, using a 9-iron from 148 yards at the par-3 second.

    "My irons, they are like darts. It's nice to have the record,"Jimenez said after a 4-under 68 leaves him four shots behind joint 54-hole leaders Francesco Molinari and Byeong-hun An.

    This is Jimenez's third ace of the year, following up on holes-in-one at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January and last week's Open de Espana.

    So what's the 51-year-old's secret?

    "The main thing is I've got the right club in my hand and make a good swing," Jimenez said.

    However, Jimenez didn't have the shot of the day. That went to Tommy Fleetwood, who made an albatross on the par-5 fourth hole. 

    Fleetwood shot 7-under 65 to pull a shot ahead of Jimenez and within striking distance heading into the final

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  • What was at one point a dream season – four All-Stars, the Eastern Conference’s best record , home court advantage against LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals – has been shot to bits within four days’ time.

    Not only are the Atlanta Hawks down 2-0 to those Cavaliers, but the team’s resident All-Star sharpshooter has taken a fall:

    The All-Star took x-rays following the game which showed no sign of a broken bone in his right leg, but it was eventually discovered that Korver suffered a severe high right ankle sprain when Cleveland’s Matthew Dellavedova rolled into him while chasing down a loose ball:

    Kyle missed all of the fourth quarter with the injury.

    Korver has struggled during the postseason. He’s made just 35.5 percent of his three-pointers during the playoffs after an absurd regular season that saw him hit 49 percent of his

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  • Previously, on The Warriors and the Rockets …

    Your Rockets gave you a game, they did they did.

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    Houston could have bowed down during what tends to be a typical Game 2 blowout. The team was down 17 points during the second quarter in what looked like an expected, homespun one-sided win from a team already up 1-0. Golden State ran out early to what seemed less like an insurmountable point lead and more like an insurmountable advantage prior to an inspired Houston run in the second quarter which helped turn this mess into a 55-all affair heading into halftime.

    Golden State eventually prevailed, by a mere point at 99-98, but it took a James Harden stumble in the final seconds to find a way toward the final buzzer. Harden failed to split an impromptu double team sent his way by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the game’s final play, losing the ball and the game in the process. Rox coach Kevin McHale was criticized by

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  • ATLANTA, GA - MAY 22: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts as he leaves the game late in their 94 to 82 win over the Atlanta Hawks during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ATLANTA, GA - MAY 22: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts as he leaves the game late in their 94 to 82 win over the Atlanta Hawks during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)1. ATLANTA - LeBron James shows up for work Friday night wearing a backward baseball cap. He is quite possibly the first person to pull off the backward-cap look since its early ‘90s heyday of Ken Griffey Jr. and Axl Rose. We lead with this fashion choice because on this night, LeBron James will do many things very well. Tonight, LeBron will be better at his job than you and I ever are at ours. And yet, redeeming the backward cap may be the most impressive feat of all.

    2. This is Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, a series pitting James’ Cleveland Cavaliers against the Atlanta Hawks, and it’s both a sad commentary and absolutely true to say that this is the most important game in Atlanta’s history. The Hawks have never advanced out of the second round, and after losing Game 1 at home, this is a must-win. This represents Atlanta’s best chance to get to the NBA Finals, and all the Hawks have to do is get past LeBron, which is like saying Everest isn’t so tough once you get past the

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